1. Reliability- fulfill commitments; be on time to practice and games. For practices this is about five to ten minutes prior, for games it is about 30 minutes prior. If you know that you will miss a scheduled practice or event, please email or contact your coach. If you need to leave early, please let your coach know upon arrival. If you leave the water for any reasons you must notify the coach on deck prior to leaving and make certain they know when you return to the water.
2. Respect – treat all people with respect at all times, as well as require the same of other athletes. No negative recruiting by making unduly derogatory statements about the members or coaches of another team.
3. Focus – listen when a coach is talking. Direct your undivided attention to the coaches at all times. If you are talking at least three other players near you are not able to hear what the coach is saying. To maintain focus in a game situation we all need to pay attention during practices. Communication in the pool is key. If you have a question, ask.
4. Disrespectful Conduct – don’t engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort towards an athlete, coach, referee or any person participating in or conducting an Empire sanctioned event, including profanity, obscene gestures, offensive remarks of a sexual or racial nature, trash-talking, boastful celebrations, or other actions that demean individuals or the sport.
5. Respect Officials, Coaches – treat all officials with respect: don’t complain about or argue with official calls or coaches decisions during or after a practice or athletic event.
6. Role-Modeling – remember, participation in sports is a privilege, not a right and that you are expected represent your club, coach and teammates with honor, in and out of the pool. Consistently exhibit good character and conduct yourself as a positive role model. Suspension or termination of the participation privilege is within the sole discretion of the Executive Head Coach.
7. Self-Control – exercise self-control; don’t fight or show excessive displays of anger or frustration; have the strength to overcome the temptation to retaliate.
8. Concern for Others – demonstrate a concern for others; never intentionally injure any player or engage in reckless behavior that might cause injury to yourself or others.
9. Teammates – help promote the well-being of teammates by positive counseling and encouragement or by reporting to coaches any unhealthy or dangerous conduct.
10. Play by the Rules – maintain a thorough knowledge of and abide by all game and competition rules.
11. Possession of illegal substances, any weapons – you shall not use, possess or provide alcohol or illegal substances or drugs (except as prescribed by a licensed physician) in violation of federal, state or local laws. Firearms, ammunition, knives and all other items that could be construed as a weapon are prohibited.
12. Behavior on Team Trips – you agree to obey all travel rules, including curfews, check-in and meal times, hotel rules, restricted areas, etc. You will also obey our team chaperones, be respectful to them and thank them for their support of our team. If you do not comply with these rules, you may be sent home early and at your own expense.
When a player’s behavior becomes unacceptable to the coach, the player will be given a verbal warning. A second reprimand will result in the player being asked to exit the pool and sit and watch the play from the deck. A third reprimand will result in the parents being called to take the player immediately home. If a player is removed from practice three times, they will be suspended from practice and all team activities for a specific amount of time, which will be determined by the Head Coach. If a player’s suspension coincides with a tournament, all tournament fees will be forfeited, and no refunds will be granted.
I have read and understand the requirements of this Code of Conduct. I understand I am expected to perform according to this code and I understand that there may be sanctions or penalties if I do not.